Oklahoma Hospital Malpractice Lawyers
Hospital malpractice occurs when a hospital's staff fails to provide care that meets certain professional standards. Patients who receive such substandard care may be permanently injured or may even die as a result. Medical malpractice, including hospital negligence, claims the lives of Oklahoma residents each year, leaving families with large medical bills, unanswered questions, and a hole in the life of the family.
Malpractice at hospital takes on many forms. Patients may be injured through an error in surgery or in post-operative care. A medical professional administering medication may give the wrong pharmaceutical, inaccurate drug dosage, or give a medication to which the patient is allergic. Errors may be made in the emergency room, where the rush and pressure can result in an incorrect diagnosis, failure to make a diagnosis, or improper treatment of a condition. Bacterial infections are a constant concern in hospitals, where rigorous anti-bacterial cleaning ensures that only the strongest, hardest-to-kill bugs survive. Or a hospital staff member may be abusive or neglectful toward patients, particularly those who are elderly or who have cognitive disabilities and who cannot defend themselves or discuss their mistreatment.
Hospitals can also commit malpractice if their hiring or record-keeping habits result in inferior care or lack of care that causes injury or death. For example, if a hospital fails to check the credentials of its employees or independent contractors, doesn't hire enough staff to see to the needs of all patients, or fails to keep proper patient records, the hospital may be liable for malpractice if one of these situations ends up causing harm to a patient.
In Oklahoma, patients have only two years to bring a hospital malpractice case. Unfortunately, medical negligence and hospital malpractice can be difficult to prove, and the full extent of the damage caused by the malpractice may not be obvious until months or years after treatment. Therefore, you should strongly consider hiring an experienced Oklahoma personal injury lawyer if you suspect you may have been injured by a form of medical negligence.
The complex issues and thorough medical knowledge required to successfully prove medical malpractice in Oklahoma causes many lawyers to shy away from medical malpractice cases in OKC. At Maples Law Firm, however, we have the experience and resources to take on even the most complicated malpractice cases. We will assemble a team of expert physicians, hospital administration experts, and other professionals needed to hold a negligent hospital responsible for the injuries it has caused.
Once it has been shown that a hospital's negligence or carelessness caused or aggravated your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for a wide range of expenses and losses. These include the financial cost of additional medical care, therapy, and rehabilitation; the costs represented by lost wages or lost opportunities; and pain and suffering. If the hospital acted recklessly or maliciously, you may also be entitled to punitive damages.
If you think you or a loved one has been injured as a result of hospital malpractice, please don't hesitate to contact the experienced Oklahoma injury attorneys at Maples Law Firm. We will examine the details of your case and help you understand your legal rights and options. Call Maples Law Firm today at (888) 226-6159 for a free consultation.
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